Stella Shops August Playlist - Lollapalooza 2015

Another Lollapalooza is in the books and for this month's playlist I'm highlighting some of my favorite artists I saw at this year's festival. Needless to say Paul McCartney was nothing short of incredible. I don't know how someone plays on a main stage in front of 70,000+ people and makes it seem like an intimate show, but he did just that. He played 31 songs over 2 1/2 hours. 31 songs. The fireworks during Live and Let Die were probably one of the best concert moments I've ever had. Honestly, this set was so perfect, I could never see another show and it would be okay....but we know that won't happen.

Paul McCartney Lollapalooza 2015

Paul McCartney Lollapalooza 2015

Fireworks during Live and Let Die

Every year I make sure I see some of the Nashville bands play and they never disappoint. Moon Taxi, Bully and Nashville-resident Sturgill Simpson all played killer sets.

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Bully

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Moon Taxi

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Sturgill Simpson

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Can't leave Lolla without a Buckingham Fountain photo.

Hope you enjoy this month's playlist as much as I enjoyed hearing these songs live!

How To Wear It: Summer Dresses

I'm in final Lollapalooza prep mode and over the years my most comfortable days at the Fest have been the days I've worn dresses. Anthropologie's Seren Dress would be the perfect breezy dress for those long (and hot) days in Grant Park. I can easily throw a denim jacket over it for those nights when it gets a little chilly. Switch out the boots for a pair of sandals and now I have my new favorite brunch dress. Click the + sign in the collage below for more information on the items listed. Most are part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so there are some great deals! [show_ms_widget id="23641224" image_id="25248764" width="675" height="580"]

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RIP Flower Crowns: Festival Fashion Gets an Upgrade

Death to flower crowns. That was my story on 12th & Broad's Broad Style and I'm sticking to it. Hangout Festival wrapped up Sunday in Gulf Shores, Alabama with another killer lineup. Hangout has quickly become one of the most anticipated festivals of the season, but what's up Gulf Shores? You clearly did not get the flower crown memo. I saw so many photographed that I shutter to think about how many were really there. I have a feeling Bonnaroo won't be much better, so I'm holding out hope those ridiculous flower bands won't be front and center at my dear Lollapalooza in August. While I love a good boho moment, it's just not very interesting when something flared and flowing is paired with a fringe cross-body bag and a flower crown. Spring trends are so wearable this season, it's easy to translate bold florals, gingham, prepster chic and classic denim into a new and updated take on festival fashion. Coachella nailed it this year with looks that were functional and cool. Here are a few of my favorites.

Coachella collage

Coachella collage

Photos by Craig Arend

Let's step it up this season. What do you think? Use this shoppable collage and lookbook as you pull together your best festival looks.

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The gray tunic is from Nashville designer Elisabeth Suzann. Her gorgeous linen tunics, tops, pants and dresses are literally perfect for every occasion. I'm obsessed. Visit her website to see the full collection.

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Lollapalooza - Three Days, 30 Bands and a Little Street Style

My first Lollapalooza was 21 years ago! That first show in 1991 at Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, Ohio started my obsession with music festivals. My outstanding memory from that day was walking to my seats inside the pavilion for Nine Inch Nails and looking up at the lawn and watching a sea of people rush the pavilion past the barricades to fill the aisles. It was frankly a little terrifying, but I knew by the end of Jane's Addiction's set (which I watched from somewhere in the first five rows, because so many people had rushed the pavilion) that that wouldn't be my last Lolla. And it wasn't. At the end of it's initial run in 1997, I only missed two years. And when the festival revived itself in 2003, I was there.

As I got ready for this year's three-day extravaganza, things were no different than they were all those years ago. I'm prepared. I'm a planner. I knew who I wanted to see (Metric, Franz Ferdinand, White Rabbits, Of Monsters and Men, Santigold), who I could miss (mainly because I'd seen them before) and who I had to see no matter what (Childish Gambino, Sigur Ros, The Shins, Florence & the Machine, The Black Keys). By Sunday, we had seen 30 bands in three day. And it was strangely relaxing. But how could I not relax when I got to sit and enjoy this view for three days?!

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The Chicago skyline from the Lolla Lounge.

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.

The best part of Lollapalooza and it's eight stages is if you don't like someone's set you can move on and check out someone else. In the process of all that walking, not only did I discover some great bands, like Dry the River and LP, I also got to do a whole lot of people watching. This was mainly a tank top, cut off denim shorts kind of crowd, but let's face it...it was freakin' hot!! I was regretting my choice of a linen romper on Day 2. Even in the luxury of an air-conditioned restroom trailer, that thing was no fun to button and unbutton in that heat. The one good thing that came out of that storm evacuation was my changing out of my romper and into some wellies and...well....denim shorts.

A last minute decision to throw these in my suitcase was a good one. Remember, I said I come prepared.

All that relaxing and music listening also meant I didn't take any good street style pics of my own, so I've picked some of my favorites from what I've seen online to share with you. These ladies definitely had their festival style covered.

Whether backstage or on stage, Florence Welch was stunning. Photo by Nina Westervell/MCV Photo for Refinery29.com.

This dress was major. Photo by Lauren Olson for VH1.

I wasn't the only one who remembered to pack her Hunters. Photo by Nina Westervell/MCV Photo for Refinery29.com.

It was a pleasant surprise to see Nashville-based photographer Heidi Jewell from Under the Guise on my very early flight to Chicago. She takes fabulous street style photos. Here are some of my favorites from her Elle UK Lollapalooza coverage.

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Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

Johanna and Klara from the band, First Aid Kit.  Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

I'm coveting these boots. Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

I'm already prepping for next year...wellies and all. See you then Lolla!

 

Lollapalooza - Before the Bands: ck one Color Music Lounge & It's So Miami Oasis

Before the band frenzy began last Friday at Lollapalooza, we started our weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago who was host to the ck one Color Music Lounge and the It's So Miami Oasis. They literally transformed two floors of the hotel into an adult playground complete with ping pong, air hockey, video games, manicures, makeovers, tattoos (real & fake), live music and lots of cocktails courtesy of DISARONNO, Belvedere Vodka and Coors Light. Having woken up at 4:45am that morning to catch my flight, I'll admit I was a little dazed and a bit overwhelmed. Thankfully, Abby White was there too and together we navigated the maze of lounges that were waiting for us.

Abby White (right) and I mixing our prints. My Sugarhill Boutique carousel horse blouse and Motel Rocks star and moon shorts are from Nashville boutique, House of Stella.

A stop at the DISARONNO station, followed by a few stops at the Belvedere Vodka station, and we were on our way.

Thanks DISARONNO!

The It's So Miami Oasis really set the tone for the weekend. Celebs relaxed in the lounge which was complete with a killer DJ and a tattoo artist in case you needed a little ink. Each room surrounding the lounge provided it's own interactive experience. Abby and I spent some time in the Rock the Vote and Guess lounge. Rock the Vote has the coolest new campaign. It is literally easier than ever to register to vote. All you need to do is scan a QR code on your phone and it walks you through the steps. It's genius and if you're not registered to vote, it doesn't get any easier than this! If you see Abby and I wearing our Rock the Vote tees or buttons, you can scan their QR code and be on your way to voting in this year's election. (Do it!) It was cool to see so many artists stop by their lounge throughout the weekend in support of this brilliant initiative.

Rock the Vote y'all.

One of the lounges included these super cool watches from Nico Lives. They totally reminded me of the old school digital watches we had as kids. You can purchase your own at the Nico Lives website. They're super affordable at $15 per watch and they look really cool layered.

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If permanent ink wasn't your thing, you could head to the Clearasil® PerfectaWash™ lounge where their artists were doing custom body art. Every photo they took on their Clearasil® Rock Your Skin photo set helped Clearasil raise money for DoSomething.org, a not-for-profit that empowers teens and young adults to take action and make a difference in their communities. The best body art we saw had to be on their model! She looked amazing and was a trooper spending some time on the balcony where temps were already up into the 90's.

Clearasil® PerfectaWash™ model with Dallas star, Josh Henderson. Photo Credit: Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com.

Kaylee Defer from Gossip Girl & Michelle Williams getting some body art in the Clearasil® PerfectaWash™ lounge. Photo Credit: Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com.

As if all of this wasn't complete sensory overload, we were then whisked downstairs to the ck one Color Music Lounge which was complete with a beauty lounge for hair and makeup touch ups and a manicure bar. Fantastic! The new ck one color cosmetics line is pretty impressive and makeup artists Jodie Boland, Kristi Matamoros and Hung Vanngo were on hand making everyone look fabulous, including celebs like Jenny McCarthy and Dev (who both looked pretty amazing to begin with). Dev is an official ck one color cosmetics tastemaker. If you saw her set at the BMI stage on Friday you know she absolutely rocked it.

Jenny McCarthy in the ck one color cosmetics lounge. Photo Credit: Sara Jaye Weiss/Statraks.

Dev with Kelly Osbourne and Haley Reinhart. Photo Credit: Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com.

Kelly Osbourne. Photo Credit: Sara Jaye Weiss/Statraks.

Here's a look at the ck one color cosmetics line that was set up in the lounge.

Abby went for a hair touch up and Taylor from Red 7 Salon in Chicago did an amazing job. The pink Kevin Murphy Color Bug he used in her hair definitely got her Lolla ready.

Taylor from Red 7 Salon working the pink into Abby's hair.

Between the bands, the primping and the shopping, we really had to pry ourselves away. If you can't be at Lolla, this is the next best thing, and definitely the perfect place to start what turned out to be an epic weekend.

Thanks ck one color & It's So Miami! See you next year! xoxo